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Posh Pop: News & Press Clips

June 26th, 2021

Official Toyah: Pre-Order “Posh Pop” New Studio Album – Following the acclaim of the recent reissues of her early, groundbreaking albums, on Friday 27 August 2021 Demon Music Group will release the new album Posh Pop by British female music icon, Toyah.

Available on CD, 180g ‘Space Grey’-coloured vinyl, digital download and deluxe CD+DVD featuring a video album. LP and CD Editions including an exclusive signed print by Toyah are also available – Continue reading…

Super Deluxe Edition: Toyah / New studio album, Posh Pop – New studio album. Signed vinyl and CD: Toyah Willcox will release a new studio album, Posh Pop, in August and fans can secure signed editions of both vinyl and CD formats.

Written and recorded with her longterm writing partner Simon Darlow (he co-wrote Grace Jones’ Slave to the Rhythm!), the album is described as being “a strong collection of infectious and affirmative pop songs”. Tracks include ‘Summer of Love’, ‘Space Dance’, ‘Levitate’ and ‘Take Me Home’ – Continue reading…

Retro Pop: Toyah is back with 16th album ‘Posh Pop’ – The ’80s icon will release her first album of original material since 2008 on August 27 – Continue reading…

Posh Pop: More News – Lots more new album news coming soon!

NME: Toyah Willcox Shares New Single ‘Levitate’

June 26th, 2021

Toyah Willcox shares new single ‘Levitate’ – and talks “magical” new album ‘Posh Pop’

Get the lowdown on her Sunday Lunch session-inspired new record

Toyah Willcox has shared a new single ‘Levitate’, the first taster of her forthcoming solo album, ‘Posh Pop’. Check out the video below along with our exclusive interview with the singer.

Her first album of new material since 2008’s ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’, ‘Posh Pop’ was made with Simon Darlow, following on from his work as co-writer and a producer of her aforementioned previous album, and features guitar lines from her husband, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp – with whom Willcox has become known for Sunday Lunch video series, sharing renditions of songs by Nirvana, David Bowie, Metallica, Billy Idol, The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest, The Prodigy, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper and many more.

• Continue reading at the NME.

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Eastbourne Herald: Toyah Lines Up Eastbourne Date

June 26th, 2021

Toyah takes to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre stage live to recreate her biggest hit singles and showcase her latest album songs in a socially distanced performance on Friday, July 2.

Spokeswoman Sharon Thompson said: “If you don’t remember Toyah from the 80s music chart you’ll likely to know her from her varied acting career, as Monkey in cult film Quadrophenia or more recently in the Lies We Tell or Extremis. If you are a YouTube follower you may even be keeping track of her Lockdown video series, still being broadcast weekly.

For 42 years Toyah has taken to the stage like no other. Her numerous awards and nominations for singing, writing and acting include an honorary doctorate from the University of Central England in Birmingham (2001), a star on the King’s Heath Walk of Fame and a star on Birmingham’s Broad Street Walk of Stars. In 2018 Paul McCartney awarded Toyah a LIPA Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Companionship for outstanding achievement in music, drama, performance and media.

• Continue reading at the Eastbourne Herald.

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch Weekend Press 

June 16th, 2021

Press coverage for this week’s Sunday Lunch with Toyah and Robert (and Sidney Jake)!! (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah & Robert Fripp cover Eurythmic’s “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” – Continue reading…

NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ – Things get a little blurry for this week’s kitchen cover – Continue reading…

Guitar.com: Robert Fripp and Toyah share video cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics – The Kitchen Trio take on the 1983 synth-pop classic with electric guitars – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover “Sweet Dreams” – Continue reading…

Metal Injection: Toyah Willcox & King Crimson’s Robert Fripp Cover “Sweet Dreams” – Continue reading…

Consequence: Robert Fripp and a Pixelated Toyah Cover Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”: Watch – The latest “Sunday Lunch” performance from the rock couple is apparently a bit risqué — by YouTube’s standards – Continue reading…

Republic World: Robert Fripp & Toyah Surprise Fans With The Cover Of Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’; Watch – Robert Fripp and Toyah have returned with the latest episode of their Sunday Lunch series, this time covering Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams – Continue reading…

The Brag Media: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ – Robert Fripp and Toyah Wilcox have continued their Sunday Lunch series with a cover of Eurythmics’ signature hit ‘Sweet Dreams’ – Continue reading…

JamBase: Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend!: Toyah At Home, Agony Aunts, Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch with Sidney Shake – Sweet Dreams… – Continue reading…

Sidney Jake: In case you missed it – this was a LOT of fun!!! – Click the link for an “alternative” view of this week’s episode – Continue watching…

Films: The Ghosts Of Borley Rectory

June 9th, 2021

The Ghosts Of Borley Rectory will haunt you this Halloween

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will release Director Steven M. Smith’s The Ghosts Of Borley Rectory this Halloween.

The Ghosts Of Borley Rectory is a supernatural horror based on terrifying true events: a hopeful paranormal investigator attempts to illuminate the truth behind Britain’s most haunted house, with chilling consequences.

Starring Julian Sands (A Room with a View, Arachnophobia), Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Toyah Willcox (Invasion Planet Earth), Christopher Ellison (We Still Kill the Old Way, Ransom), Toby Wynn-Davies (Nefarious), Leila Kotori (Human), and Reece Alexander-Putinas.

Directed by Steven M. Smith (The Haunting of Borley Rectory). Produced by Paul G. Andrews (Juliana & the Medicine Fish, Boogie Man), Steven M. Smith (The Haunting of Borley Rectory, Doll House), Louisa Warren (Vengeance of the Leprechaun, Virtual Death Match).

• Continue reading at Horror Screams Video Vault. Browse Dreamscape’s The Ghosts Of Borley Rectory news archive.

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch Weekend Press

June 9th, 2021

Press coverage for this week’s Sunday Lunch with Toyah and Robert (and Sidney Jake)!! (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah & Robert Fripp cover ZZ Top’s ” Sharp Dressed Man” – Continue reading…

Rolling Stone: Toyah Willcox Dumbfounds Robert Fripp While Covering ZZ Top’s ‘Sharp Dressed Man’
Even a bare chest can’t keep the King Crimson guitarist from missing a note – Continue reading…

NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of ZZ Top’s ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ – The kitchen crew get all dressed up for this week’s Sunday Lunch performance – Continue reading…

Jam Base: Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover ZZ Top’s ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ – Continue reading…

Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp cover ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man and Fripp is “finally broken” – Another Sunday lunch at Willcox-Fripp Manor ends in chaos, as ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man is performed and Robert Fripp gets more than he bargained for – Continue reading…

Consequence: Toyah Flashes Robert Fripp in Couple’s Cover of ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”: Watch – Plus, the mysterious Sidney Jake finally speaks: “Do your parents behave like this?” – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” – Continue reading…

Metal Injection: Toyah Willcox Offers A Flash For Cover Of “Sharp Dressed Man” With King Crimson’s Robert Fripp – Continue reading…

DGM Live: T&R’S Weekend At Home (And Back On The Road!) – Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch, with Sidney Jake: Sharp Dressed Man – Agony Aunts… (with Burning Guitars!) – Toyah At Home… (and back on the road!) – Continue reading…

Sidney Jake: Sunday Lunch – Behind The Scenes – And this is the angle you don’t see!!! – Click the link for an “alternative” view of this week’s episode – Continue watching…

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch Weekend Press

June 1st, 2021

Press coverage for this week’s Sunday Lunch with Toyah and Robert (and Sidney Jake)!! (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Rolling Stone: Watch Toyah and Robert Fripp Cover Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ – Continue reading…

NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ – Continue reading…

Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp cover Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and there are feathers everywhere – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” – Continue reading…

Metal Injection: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover Black Sabbath Classic “Paranoid” – Continue reading…

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah & Robert Fripp cover Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend!: Toyah At Home, Agony Aunts, Sunday Lunch with Sidney Jake – Continue reading…

Sidney Jake: Right after Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch this week – Click the link for an “alternative” view of this week’s episode – Continue watching…

The Blue Meaning: Review by At The Barrier

May 26th, 2021

Toyah – The Blue Meaning (Expanded Deluxe Edition): Album Review

Dark, intense and disturbingly graphic – an early masterpiece by Toyah revisited

Release Date: 28th May 2021
Label: Cherry Red Records
Formats: 2CD + 1DVD, Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl

Cherry Red Records have done it yet again! This week’s lucky recipient of their deluxe reissue treatment is Toyah and the band’s second album, 1980’s The Blue Meaning. In fact, Cherry Red are working their way through Toyah’s Safari Records catalogue – the band’s debut album, Sheep Farming In Barnet, has already received the deluxe repackaging and the rest of the bunch, Anthem (1981) The Changeling (1982) and Love Is The Law (1983) will be along soon – a veritable treasure trove from the happiest, most productive and most creative period of Toyah’s career. Oh – and for clarity – at this stage in the career of Toyah Willcox, Toyah was the collective name for the band in which she featured – Joel Bogen on guitar, Charlie Francis on bass, Steve Bray on drums, Peter Bush on keyboards and Toyah herself on vocals (or verbals and unusual sounds, as the album’s excellent sleeve notes put it.)

• Continue reading at At The Barrier.

The Big Issue: Cover Stories Of Great Albums

May 26th, 2021

The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush, The Cure: Great albums’ cover stories revealed

From hiding film in Toyah’s knickers to combining Mondrian and The Rolling Stones, designer Bill Smith tells the cover stories of great albums.

The Rolling Stones, The Jam, Kate Bush, The Cure, Led Zeppelin – they’re not only among the most important musical artists of our time, they’re also some of the most visually striking. Bill Smith has designed album covers for all of them.

Bill Smith and his studio have been designing album covers since 1976. Across five decades they’ve worked with more than 200 bands and artists. They were even there at the start of the Now That’s What I Call Music juggernaut, designing the very first cover of the world-beating compilation album series.

Now Bill’s work has been collected into a suitably glossy, album-sized, 12-inch book, which also features the stories behind some of his classic album covers. He gave us a glimpse into the creative process behind some of his most famous works…

• Continue reading at bigissue.com.

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch Weekend Press

May 25th, 2021

Press coverage for this week’s Sunday Lunch with Toyah and Robert (and Sidney Jake)!! (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Rolling Stone: Toyah Willcox Busts Out The Catsuit For Scorpions Cover With Robert Fripp – Continue reading…

NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox take on Scorpions’ ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ – Continue reading…

Guitar World: Here They Are: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Tackle The Scorpions’ Rock You Like A Hurricane For Their Sunday Lunch… – Continue reading…

Kerrang: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox add “feline twist” to Scorpions Cover – Continue reading…

Louder: Toyah Dons Catwoman Outfit and Brandishes A Whip on Rock You Like A Hurricane – Continue reading…

Consequence Of Sound: Toyah Goes Full Catwoman As She Covers “Rock You Like A Hurricane” with Robert Fripp. Watch … – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Complete Weekend: Toyah At Home, Agony Aunts, Sunday Lunch featuring Sidney Jake – Continue reading…

Brighton & Hove News: Toyah To Play In East Sussex

May 23rd, 2021

Toyah to play live in Neo-Classical style former church in East Sussex

Toyah will be hitting the road again next spring, when she will be performing an up close and personal show in East Sussex on Saturday 12th March 2022. The concert will take place within a grade II* listed former Church, which was constructed in the Neo-Classical style. The venue is known as St Marys In The Castle and is located in Hastings.

This will be a truly unique experience to watch and listen to an electric acoustic Toyah show, that will have a lively cinematic sound. The venue will be filled with Toyah’s vocals and storytelling along with keyboards and stand up bass.

It will include her much loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, forty year career. Toyah will perform stunning arrangements of hits, ‘It’s A Mystery’, ‘Thunder In The Mountains’, ‘Good Morning Universe’, ‘I Want To Be Free’, alongside modern days classics ‘Sensational’ and ‘Dance In The Hurricane’.

• Continue reading at Brighton and Hove News.

The Blue Meaning: Review by We Are Cult

May 22nd, 2021

A review of The Blue Meaning by We Are Cult.

Toyah: ‘The Blue Meaning’

“Cherry Red’s second re-release of Toyah’s early output, The Blue Meaning is full of lyrics that reflect her interest in sci fi, occultism and Nostradamus… Self-admittedly pretentious in a good way, Toyah’s lyrics and singing style often also seem to be influenced by Broken English-era Marianne Faithful and Patti Smith.”

1980 was a busy year for Toyah. Working as both an actress and a musician she was only 22 but had already appeared in films such as Quadrophenia, Derek Jarman’s Jubilee and The Tempest and George Cukor’s remake of The Corn Is Green with Katherine Hepburn and Patricia Hayes. As well as television work in Shoestring, Second City Firsts and the TV remake of Quatermass, Toyah had also already acted in productions at the National Theatre.

In this short one-year period Toyah starred in a Royal Court production of the controversial Nigel Williams play Sugar and Spice, filmed over the course of three months for an hour-long ATV documentary, appeared in the TV series A Question of Guilt and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and guest-hosted the talk show Friday Night, Saturday Morning in which she interviewed (and played Space Invaders with!) Steve Strange, Derek Jarman and Vivian Stanshall. The year was also the prelude to her chart success of 1981, which occasioned hit singles It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Thunder in the mountains and numerous Smash Hits and Look-In covers.

• Continue reading at We Are Cult.

Film And TV Now: ‘Give Them Wings’ Review

May 22nd, 2021

A great review of Give Them Wings:

Give Them Wings screens as part of the online London Independent Film Festival 2021.

Amidst the challenges of the recent pandemic, a shining light emerged in the form of centennial hero (and sadly recently departed) Captain Sir Tom Moore, whose mega-effort to raise millions through his walking laps around his garden made him the hero of the status quo and a legend of 2020.

Now, a new film from multi-hyphenate talent Sean Cronin celebrates the life of a disabled football fan called Paul Hodgson – and is pretty incredible on its’ own terms.

Adapted by Hodgson from his 2000 novel Flipper’s Side (with additional writing from Cronin, Ian Carter and Tony Waddington) Give Them Wings chronicles events starting in 1989, when Darlington fan Paul (Daniel Watson) , diagnosed with meningitis from ten months – and given two hopes – is using a wheelchair to move around. His mother, Alice (Toyah Willcox in a career-best appearance), is struggling to cope with struggling husband and Paul’s father, Norman (Bill Fellows) who has signed on again for the umpteenth time and prone to bouts of depressive laziness.

• Continue reading at Film And TV Now.

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch/Weekend Press

April 7th, 2021

Weekend Press: NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox joined by horned guitarist for Iron Maiden cover; Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp joined by ominous Satanic figure for Number Of The Beast; Kerrang!: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover The Number Of The Beast: ​“An Easter twist on this Maiden classic”; Consequence Of Sound: Robert Fripp and Toyah Celebrate Easter Sunday with Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast””. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Toyah & Robert’s 10 Best Lockdown Covers

April 2nd, 2021

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp’s 10 best lockdown covers – ranked!

Look, we’ve all been doing what we can to get by in the past 12 months, haven’t we?

When quarantine hit, many artists responded by covering songs that tried to reflect the solemnity of the situation. Gal Gadot put together an all-star tone-deaf Band Aid take on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, which was about as welcome as a Winston Mumford’s Book Of The Month club.

So you have to admire pop star and actor Toyah Willcox, who channelled the Blitz (Kid) spirit, raided the dressing up box and persuaded her husband, King Crimson prog-rock totem Robert Fripp, into performing increasingly outlandish 90-second versions of classic hits such as Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’ and Guns ‘N Roses‘ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, accessorising with nurse outfits or dinosaur costumes for their weekly Sunday Lockdown Lunch series.

• Continue reading at the NME.

Oxford Mail: Toyah To Headline Music Festival

April 1st, 2021

Toyah to headline village’s first-ever music festival

Punk princess Toyah Willcox is the Saturday night headliner at the first-ever music festival to be held in the village of Aston.

Astonbury will take place from Friday 20 to Sunday August 22.

There will be two stages, a full bar with real ale and cider, and food. Parking is free, and there will be free children’s activities with camping available near by.

Organisers, who are looking for volunteers, will be donating to Cancer Research, Aston and Cote Community Trust and MIND.

• Continue reading at the Oxford Mail.

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch/Weekend Press

March 30th, 2021

Weekend Press: NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of ZZ Top’s ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’; Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp add beards, scissors and mystery guitarist on maniacal ZZ Top cover; Guitar.Com: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox take on ZZ Top’s Gimme All Your Lovin’; Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Cover ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin’”; Consequence Of Sound: Robert Fripp and Toyah Slice Their Way Through ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin’”. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Rolling Stone: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Interview

March 25th, 2021

Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox on Their Viral Quarantine Videos: ‘We’re in This With You’

King Crimson’s guitarist and his pop-star wife on what inspired them to cover everything from “Enter Sandman” to “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and what everyone got wrong about their ‘Swan Lake’ tutu dance

“My wife is a force of nature and my wife leads the way,” Robert Fripp says of his partner and quarantine-video collaborator Toyah Willcox.

On April 5th, 2020, music fans stuck in their homes and cruising the web for diversions were greeted with one of the most unusual sights in a season filled with them: King Crimson auteur Robert Fripp and his wife, singer and actress Toyah Willcox, both elegantly dressed and dancing to Bill Haley and the Comets’ early rock anthem “Rock Around the Clock.”

Filmed on Willcox’s iPhone in the kitchen of the couple’s home near Birmingham, England, the head-scratching clip launched one of the year’s least likely and most talked-about viral series. Every Sunday since, “Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch” (sometimes called a “Lockdown Lunch”) has presented a new clip of the couple having quick, good-natured fun at home. The ever-upbeat Willcox sings and vamps (while wearing a variety of costumes, from workout suit to cheerleader costume) while a deadpan Fripp accompanies her on electric guitar.

• Continue reading at Rolling Stone. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Brighton & Hove News: Toyah Announces Sussex Concert

March 22nd, 2021

Toyah has announced that she will be putting on a lively and energetic concert with her full live electric band at The Factory Live, located at Unit 9A, Ivy Arch Road, Worthing, BN14 8BX on Thursday 29th July 2021.

Toyah and her chums will be performing her hit singles including ‘Good Morning Universe‘, ‘Thunder In The Mountains‘, ‘Brave New World‘, ‘I Want To Be Free‘ and ‘It’s A Mystery‘ alongside modern days classics ‘Sensational’ and ‘Dance In The Hurricane‘ from her 2019 charting album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen‘.

The band will be: Toyah Willcox (vocals), Chris Wong (guitar), Andy Doble (keyboards), Mike Nichols (bass) and John Humphrey (drums). Purchase your Toyah tickets here. Further information on Toyah here.

• Continue reading at Brighton and Hove News.

NME: Robert & Toyah Cover Motorhead Classic

March 22nd, 2021

Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover Motörhead classic

The latest episode of Sunday Lockdown Lunch is here

King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox have shared another cover in their weekly lockdown series, this time tackling a Motörhead classic. The pair began the Sunday Lockdown Lunch covers series last year and have shared their own takes on tracks by the likes of Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Foo Fighters and more.

For this week’s video, Willcox dressed in a maid’s outfit and dealt cards into the gust of a fan. Fripp, meanwhile, sat to her side playing the guitar as she sang.

• Continue reading at the NME. See also Classic Rock/Louder, Kerrang and Metal Sucks.

The Revive Mag: TV Presenter Hayley Palmer’s Week

November 3rd, 2020

This week, X Factor’s Sean Smith, Two brothers who are too sexy for their shirts, An 80s Special and I’m A Celeb is back

That Was Then… This Is Now!

Super excited for this, and the countdown is ON!
The first episode will be on Thursday 5th November at 7pm and features Chesney Hawkes, The Fizz and Toyah – check out the website for tickets: www.thisisnow.tv
It was a pleasure to be part of this, and can’t wait for you to see and enjoy it with us.

• Continue reading at The Revive Mag. Buy tickets for Episode One of That Was Then… This Is Now!, featuring Toyah, at This Is Now.